This Sunday afternoon brings another great fantasy football week from DraftKings in Week 8 with an 11-game main slate. There was another Milly Maker on the board from DraftKings, giving players a chance to walk away with a big payday in the $3.5M Fantasy Football Millionaire contest. We’ll also keep an eye on the DraftKings Reignmakers lineups. This week, there was a $10K free contest against the cast of “Good Morning Football,” and any entry that beats out the highest-scoring celebrity entry will also earn an entry to another exclusive $10K contest next week.
You can also find coverage throughout the day on The Dream Stream where Leaderboard Live will keep you up to speed and offer analysis for all the big plays and injuries throughout Sunday.
The Milly Maker sweat came down to the last few minutes of the last few games, and even beyond that since the Saints and Bears needed OT to decide their contest in the late window. Ultimately, ‘ghartman314’ was able to put together a great finishing kick and pull out the win by just 0.3 DKFP over ‘steelers8036.’ The entry from ‘ghartman314’ had big games from Patrick Mahomes ($8,100; 39.64 DKFP), Dalvin Cook ($7,500; 51.6 DKFP), the Dolphins D/ST ($2,400; 23.0 DKFP) and Travis Kelce ($6,600; 27.9 DKFP). In the late games, DK Metcalf ($7,500; 43.1 DKFP) came up huge with 12 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns. The production that put him over the top, though, came from Kendrick Bourne ($3,500; 16.1 DKFP), who racked up fantasy points in garbage time against the Seahawks.
Coming to the wire, the entry from ‘tprat84,’ who finished third, had Deonte Harris ($3,300; 4.7 DKFP), but Harris didn’t get any catches late that could have put him over the top. Also in the late window, Brandon Aiyuk ($5,800; 23.1 DKFP) boosted an entry from ‘JeezyTheGorilla’ into the top five, while ‘monahajp’ moved up to a tie for sixth with big games from Russell Wilson ($7,800; 28.74 DKFP) and DeeJay Dallas ($4,000; 22.8 DKFP).
The cast of “Good Morning Football” had a very strong showing overall with good numbers for every one of their four entries. In the end, Kyle Brandt took home the win with an impressive 165.04 DKFP. Of all the celebrity entries we have had so far in the Reignmakers, it was the second-highest scoring entry with big games from Mahomes, Kelce and the Dolphins’ D/ST. Tyler Lockett ($7,100; 7.3 DKFP) and Kareem Hunt ($6,900; 9.3 DKFP) didn’t do much despite their lofty salaries.
After a nice push in the late games, Kay Adams moved from fourth place up to second with Brandon Aiyuk ($5,800; 23.1 DKFP) and Keenan Allen ($6,200; 21.7 DKFP). She couldn’t quite catch Brandt, though, and finished 13 points short. Her biggest letdowns were Jonathan Taylor ($6,600; 5.1 DKFP), Jonnu Smith ($4,100; 4.9 DKFP) and Latavius Murray ($4,300; 6.1 DKFP).
Peter Schrager got good games from Davante Adams ($8,800; 30.3 DKFP) and Cooper Kupp ($6,500; 25.0 DKFP), but he slid to third after holding the early lead and got duds from Cole Kmet ($2,500; 1.2 DKFP), Tevin Coleman ($4,000; 2 DKFP) and the Bills D/ST ($3,300; 4.0 DKFP). Unfortunately for him, Nate Burleson and his wonderfully-named ‘MakeItReignMan’ entry came in fourth place. He hit with Mahomes, but had a quiet day across the rest of this lineup, especially Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($6,500; 6,1 DKFP), Jarvis Landry ($5,600; 9.2 DKFP) and D’Andre Swift ($5,300; 5.3 DKFP). Burleson’s total still puts him in the middle of the pack of the celebrity results on the season, but he was up against strong competition in this week’s contest.
If your entry in the Reignmakers Contest scored more than Brandt’s 165.04, you’ll get an entry into next week’s exclusive $10k contest.
Note: Leaderboard standings and results current as of 8:05 p.m. ET
Fantasy Football Highlights
4 p.m. ET games — Second Half
Early in the second half, the Chargers and the Broncos each put up long, highlight-worthy touchdowns, but the Chargers still seemed in control. Mike Williams ($4,400) had a great catch to put the Chargers up three scores, but Philip Lindsay ($5,000; 15.6 DKFP) answered with a 55-yard touchdown run to make it 24-10. Drew Lock ($5,300; 20.82 DKFP) pulled Denver to within a touchdown with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Albert Okwuegbunam ($2,800; 7.9 DKFP). After the Chargers kicked a FG, Lock hit DaeSean Hamilton ($3,000; 18.2 DKFP), who didn’t throw away his shot, going 40 yards for a touchdown. After another Chargers’ FG, the Broncos trailed by six. After a costly pass interference call with just one second remaining, the Broncos got the go-ahead touchdown from Lock to KJ Hamler ($3,600; 10.3) for the game-winning score as time expired.
The Saints tied their game with the Bears early in the third quarter and added another field goal to go up, 16-13, going into the fourth. In the fourth quarter, the Saints’ two QBs hooked up for a score as Drew Brees ($6,300; 19.6 DKFP) threw a touchdown to Taysom Hill ($4,100; 14.5 DKFP) in the highlight below. The Bears answered back with a score by rookie Darnell Mooney ($3,500; 17.9 DKFP) and a last-second FG to tie the game at 23 with under 30 seconds left. In overtime, both teams struggled to move the ball, but New Orleans kicked the game-winning FG with just under 2:00 left in the extra period.
In Seattle, the Seahawks poured it on against the 49ers, adding two more touchdowns in the third quarter from Russell Wilson ($7,800), who found DeeJay Dallas ($4,000) and David Moore ($3,100) to put the ‘Hawks up 27-7. After a Seattle field goal, the 49ers pulled Jimmy Garoppolo ($5,400), who appeared to be dealing with an ankle injury again, and later the team lost George Kittle ($7,000) to an injury, as well. Nick Mullens ($4,000; 17.52 DKFP) hit Ross Dwelley ($2,500; 8.6 DKFP) in garbage time, but DeeJay Dallas ($4,000) put the game away with a late rushing score.
4 p.m. ET games — First Half
The three games in the late window got underway with an AFC West contest between the Chargers and the Broncos in Denver. In a low-scoring first half, Justin Herbert ($6,900) got the Chargers on the board with a nine-yard pass to Keenan Allen ($6,200; 18.7 DKFP) and further expanded their lead to 14-3 at halftime with a short throw to FB Gabe Nabers ($4,000; 7.2 DKFP) just before halftime after the great catch by Mike Williams ($4,400) highlighted below.
Nick Foles ($5,800) and the Bears hosted the Saints in one of the other late games. After the teams traded early FGs, Foles hit Allen Robinson II ($7,000) for a 24-yard touchdown, and the Bears added another three points just before the end of the half to go up, 13-3. Drew Brees ($6,300) threw a touchdown just before half, though, to put the Saints back in the game at 13-10.
The NFC West-leading Seahawks hosted the 49ers in an important divisional matchup in the other late game. Seattle grabbed the lead on a 46-yard strike from Russell Wilson ($7,800) to DK Metcalf ($7,500), but the 49ers responded with a touchdown drive capped by a one-yard plunge by JaMycal Hasty ($5,000). Wilson went back to Metcalf later in the first half for his second score of the day as Seattle went into the break ahead, 13-7.
1 p.m. ET games — Second Half
In the second half, the Vikings got two more touchdowns from Dalvin Cook ($7,500; ) in the third quarter, including the 50-yard reception highlighted below. The NFC North rivalry came down to the wire, though, after Davante Adams ($8,800) had his third touchdown catch of the day to pull the Packers within a touchdown. The Vikings held on, though, to get the 28-22 win over their division rival.
In the big matchup in the AFC North, the Steelers got a touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger ($6,600; 15.28 DKFP) to Eric Ebron ($3,900; 14.8 DKFP). James Conner ($6,400; 15 DKFP) ran for a score later in the third quarter to put the Steelers on top, 21-17. The Ravens came back, though, with a touchdown pass from Lamar Jackson ($7,400; 18.82 DKFP) to Marquise Brown ($6,100; 7.3 DKFP) to go up 24-21. The see-saw battle continued with the Steelers going back up on a touchdown catch by Chase Claypool ($5,200; 14.2 DKFP) with just under eight minutes left in the highlight below. After stopping the Ravens twice, the Steelers stayed undefeated and picked up a big division win.
In Detroit, Matthew Stafford ($6,400; 27.44 DKFP) threw a touchdown to Kerryon Johnson ($4,000; 9.5 DKFP) early in the third quarter to cut the Colts’ lead to 20-14. After a Jordan Wilkins ($4,000; 20.3 DKFP) touchdown, the Colts picked off Stafford in the highlight below to go up 35-14. Marvin Jones Jr. ($4,200; 18.9 DKFP) had his second touchdown of the day as Detroit tried to rally. Trey Burton ($3,500; 10.10 DKFP) put the game away, though, with another rushing touchdown, and the Colts won 41-21.
Patrick Mahomes ($8,100; 39.64 DKFP) and the Chiefs kept rolling over the Jets, including his fourth touchdown of the day highlighted below and later a fifth score on a 41-yard touchdown to Tyreek Hill ($6,700; 25.8 DKFP), who finished with four catches for 98 yards and two scores. Mahomes threw for over 400 yards with Mecole Hardman ($4,700; 22.6 DKFP) and Travis Kelce ($6,600; 27.9 DKFP) also finishing with monster games for Kansas City.
The Browns tied their wind-blown game against the Raiders 6-6 before Derek Carr ($5,500; 12.58 DKFP) connected with Hunter Renfrow ($3,800; 12.6 DKFP) for the only touchdown of the game in the highlight below. They later added a field goal and won, 16-6.
The Bills got a second rushing score from rookie Zack Moss ($4,400; 20.1 DKFP), but the Patriots rallied with a touchdown from Damien Harris ($4,200; 19.2 DKFP) and a two-point conversion to tie the score, 14-14. The Bills answered, though, continuing to find plenty of success on the ground with Josh Allen ($7,000; 13.46 DKFP) running for a touchdown to put the Bills up 21-14. The Patriots answered with a two-yard touchdown from their rushing QB, Cam Newton ($5,700; 19.36 DKFP). The Bills went up by a field goal, and it looked like the Patriots were driving for a game-tying FG or the game-winning touchdown when Newton lost a fumble while scrambling for a first down. The Patriots lost their fourth straight game, leaving the Bills firmly in control of the AFC East.
The Bengals got a touchdown pass from Joe Burrow ($6,200; 18.86 DKFP) to Tyler Boyd ($6,600; 19.6 DKFP) to go up 24-7 before A.J. Brown ($6,900; 12.4 DKFP) answered with a nine-yard catch from Ryan Tannehill ($6,800; 18.32 DKFP). Giovani Bernard ($5,800; 22.8 DKFP) put the Bengals back ahead by 17 with his second score of the day, highlighted below, but Tannehill threw another touchdown, this time to Corey Davis ($5,100; 29.8 DKFP), who had a big game. The Bengals held on for their second win of the season, though, defeating the Titans, 31-20.
Miami held on to win in Tua Tagovailoa’s ($5,600; 6.72 DKFP) debut behind a great performance by their DST. Robert Woods III ($6,300; 28.4 DKFP) did have a second touchdown in the second half to post a big game in the Rams’ 28-17 loss.
1 p.m. ET games — First Half
In the most anticipated matchup of the day, the Steelers’ DST ($3,600) scored the first touchdown of the afternoon on a pick-six from Robert Spillane, highlighted below. The Ravens answered back, though with a touchdown toss from Lamar Jackson ($7,400) to Miles Boykin ($3,000). Gus Edwards ($4,400) pounded in a touchdown in the second quarter to give Baltimore a 17-7 lead at halftime.
The Chiefs also started fast with the touchdown highlighted below from Mecole Hardman ($4,700) and another touchdown later in the quarter from Tyreek Hill ($6,700). The Jets did have three FGs to cut the deficit to 14-9, but Patrick Mahomes ($8,100) threw his third touchdown of the day to Travis Kelce ($6,600).
Davante Adams ($8,800) picked up where he left off last week with two first-half touchdown catches from Aaron Rodgers ($7,600). The Vikings answered back with a pair of touchdown runs from Dalvin Cook ($7,500) and the divisional matchup was knotted at 14-14 when it reached halftime.
After a blocked punt, Matthew Stafford ($6,400) put the Lions up early with a touchdown pass to Marvin Jones ($4,200). Philip Rivers ($5,900) answered back with the touchdown pass to Nyheim Hines ($4,000) in the highlight below, and later he gave the Colts the lead with a pass to Jack Doyle ($3,300). Hines wasn’t done, though, with another touchdown catch just before the end of the half to put the Colts up 20-7.
The Bengals got an early FG to take the lead over the Titans and later added a one-yard run from Samaje Perine ($4,000) to go up 10-0. Derrick Henry ($8,000) answered for the Titans with the touchdown highlighted below, but a touchdown from Gio Bernard ($5,800) gave the Bengals a 17-7 lead at halftime.
With the wind blowing in Cleveland, the Browns and Raiders played a scoreless first quarter. In the second quarter, Cleveland finally got on the board with a field goal from Cody Parkey. The Raiders appeared to have a touchdown from Henry Ruggs ($4,900), but even a replay review didn’t get Las Vegas the touchdown. They did kick a field goal, though, to take the lead, 6-3. In an AFC East matchup, the Bills got an early rushing touchdown from Zack Moss ($4,400) and the Patriots had a pair of field goals in a quiet 7-6 game at halftime.
The debut of Tua Tagovailoa ($5,600) got off to a rough start against the Rams, who forced a fumble on the rookie’s second snap of the game and converted that into a touchdown run from WR Robert Woods ($6,300). Tua bounced back, though, and threw his first touchdown pass in the NFL to DeVante Parker ($5,700) in the highlight below. The Dolphins’ DST ($2,400) stepped up with a fumble return and a punt return for touchdowns. Myles Gaskin ($5,200) had a touchdown just before halftime and Tua took a 28-7 lead to the locker room in his first NFL start as a result.
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